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New in! Spring / summer at Warehouse

There may not be too much about S/S at Warehouse that’s unexpected, but most of it is lovely all the same

Thu, Feb 6, 2014, 19:57


The whole spring/summer thing is a bit of a joke, isn’t it? This week has been choc-full of new-season press events – talk of florals and pastels and sheer fabrics – while the heavens have been, well, opening all over our hopes and dreams.

Well just yesterday morning, right before Cake Café wowed us with graphic towels, Warehouse held its spring/summer spectacular in its bright South King St shop. So what’s in – ahem – store?

So far, so spring/summer, right? Bright prints, lots of white and several glaringly obvious odes to the 1990s – tropical prints, spaghetti straps and denim midi skirts abound.

This gorgeous neoprene midi skirt was my favourite – check out the detail on the hem! I was imagining all the various ways I could style this. That said, I didn’t have to imagine too much – the walls were lined with imagery from the S/S 2014 lookbook, which suggests that kimonos are going to be a very big deal this season.

But we’re not turning quite Japanese – these kimonos are pared back and sheer. Think lounging in the Hamptons or chilling out at Coachella; Warehouse’s design team were inspired by the girls they saw at the Texas festival layering simple, chic kimonos over cut-off shorts or spaghetti-strap vests.

And there were prints a-plenty, which is great news for those of us a little jaded by autumn/winter’s determined monochrome palette. (And yes, that’s texture, rather than print, on the top left, but still lovely!) Digital floral prints are going to be big business, and this gorgeous rose print (bottom left) was on a sleek, flippy mini skirt that is definitely on my to-buy list for 2014*.

* Or would be, if I hadn’t just bankrupted myself on duds from Cos.